Debess Rogers

>Debess Rogers, 60, of Lyndeborough, died Fri­day, July 15, after tragically being hit by a truck while walking near her home. She lived in New Hamp­shire for 38 years with her family in the house they built.

She leaves her mother, Shirley Petrozzi and her husband, Rocky of Newington, CT; and her brother, Michael Rogers and his wife Joan of Simsbury, CT. Debess loved her Mom and broth­er with all her heart. She was predeceased by her father, Stanley Rogers.

She leaves her dearest husband Guntis Grabazs, with whom she shared never ending love and ad­venture in their 40 years of marriage. She leaves her beloved children, Andra and her husband Jeremy Hall of Greenfield, Lara and her husband Taylor Ar­nett of Lancaster, and Eli of Boulder, CO. Andra, Lara and Eli were everything to Debess. Her grandchildren Emilija (Emi) and Aleksan­drs (Alek) Hall brought her joy and happiness with each moment they spent with her. She also leaves four nieces and nephews, Elliot and Sarah Rogers and Julia and Angela Martoccia Gra­bazs who loved their Aunt Deb so very much.

She was born in Meriden, CT, and raised in Newing­ton, CT, graduating from Hartford State Technical College and the University of Connecticut. She flour­ished in her careers as a se­nior software engineer and as an educator of speech language pathology for per­sons with special needs. She had many interests and was passionate about each one. Debess loved mu­sic and attending concerts with friends who shared many good times together. She was an avid hiker, camper, kayaker and travel­er who took in the outdoors and nature every chance she had. She enjoyed pho­tography and shared her beautiful images that docu­mented every trip, family events, gathering of friends, and the four seasons of the year. Time with fam­ily and friends was most important and she was there for everyone and sup­ported each person with what they needed with respect, patience and com­passion. She lived each day to the fullest and time visit­ing and being with Debess was full of peace, warmth, laughter and happiness.

Debess was a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Milford. She participated in children’s circles, wom­en’s spirituality groups, worked with the Green Sanctuary efforts and was a leader with their partner church in Transylvania, Romania. She was fondly dubbed "Saint Debess" in the congregation. She vol­unteered in her community helping many in countless ways. Debess exuded posi­tivity, love and kindness to everyone without excep­tion and there are so many who will miss her more than words can tell.

A memorial service with a reception following will be at the Unitarian Univer­salist Congregation, 20 Elm St., Milford, at 1:20 p.m. Fri­day, July 22. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. To share a memory or a condolence, visit

Having volunteered for St. Joseph Home and Hos­pice Care and SHARE in Milford, the soup kitchen in Nashua and St. Judes Hos­pital, we believe donations made in her name or volun­teering at any of these orga­nizations would honor her memory. She will be greatly missed by everyone that she touched with her love.